Anna Dello Russo Withdraws Fur Coats From Sale at Auction

For Immediate Release:
22 February 2018

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 229; [email protected]


Style Icon Donates Garments to PETA’s Fur Amnesty Programme

Milan – Style icon Anna Dello Russo has withdrawn all fur coats from sale in her archive auction with Christie’s Milan on 24 February and will instead donate the pieces to PETA’s fur amnesty programme. The group wrote to her in January requesting the donation. It plans to use the coats in high-profile educational displays to highlight the plight of animals killed for their fur or as bedding for sick and orphaned animals in sanctuaries.

“The fashion community is increasingly moving away from fur – and so am I,” says Anna Dello Russo. “This auction is about passing my heritage on to the next generation – but as someone who cares about animals, I no longer feel comfortable passing these fur garments on to others. Instead, I’ve decided to donate them to PETA to ensure they’re used in a meaningful way to help animals.”

“Anna Dello Russo’s coats will be gratefully received,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “When people learn about the pain that animals endure at the hands of the fur industry, they often choose to send their fur items to PETA so that we can use them in educational displays that help prevent more animals from suffering for fashion.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that on fur farms, inquisitive and normally free-roaming animals such as foxes, minks, and chinchillas spend their entire lives confined to tiny, filthy wire cages and are often killed by electrocution, neck-breaking, or drowning. Because of the cruelty involved in fur production, luxury fashion brands including Armani, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Jimmy Choo have all recently implemented fur-free policies.

Anna Dello Russo joins Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and Anjelica Huston in donating items to the fur amnesty programmes of PETA or its international affiliates.

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